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Miles Davis – Birth Of The Cool (1957/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Miles Davis – Birth Of The Cool (1957/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:43 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: | Front cover | © Blue Note Records

Birth Of The Cool is a must-have compilation album featuring three landmark Davis sessions from 1949 to 1950. Showcasing compelling and unique instrumentation, Davis is joined by acclaimed musicians including Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Al Haig, Al McKibbon, Max Roach, Kenny Clarke, Kenny Hagood, Bill Barber, J.J. Johnson and more. The album is included on Guardian’s “50 Great Moments in Jazz.” This is a definitive release in the history of cool jazz.

So dubbed because these three sessions — two from early 1949, one from March 1950 — are where the sound known as cool jazz essentially formed, Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skillful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate. After all, there’s a reason why this music was called cool; it has a hip, detached elegance, never getting too hot, even as the rhythms skip and jump. Indeed, the most remarkable thing about these sessions — arranged by Gil Evans and featuring such heavy-hitters as Kai Winding, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and Max Roach — is that they sound intimate, as the nonet never pushes too hard, never sounds like the work of nine musicians. Furthermore, the group keeps things short and concise (probably the result of the running time of singles, but the results are the same), which keeps the focus on the tones and tunes. The virtuosity led to relaxing, stylish mood music as the end result — the very thing that came to define West Coast or “cool” jazz — but this music is so inventive, it remains alluring even after its influence has been thoroughly absorbed into the mainstream.

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